|Orion Pictures | Release Date: October 26, 1984||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
The movie's scares are intense, but the notion that the Terminator would move on to politics is even more frightening.
Getting the extraordinary physical specimen of Arnold Schwarzenegger for the lead was a stroke of genius and a stroke of fortune. Each of his pecs is the size of a bull’s flank. It is a tremendous black-comic performance and, without Schwarzenegger, the movie is of course unthinkable. Read full review
A tense, slickly executed thriller.
A model of economic storytelling....It raised the bar for movie action to a bionic level. [1 Dec 2003, p.13]
Schwarzenegger is presented as a lumbering slab of dumb, destructive strength--the image is more geological than human--and Cameron plays his crushing weightiness against the strangely light, almost graceful violence of the gunplay directed against him. The results have the air of a demented ballet. Read full review
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